Sunday, May 12, 2013

Inspirational Sunday (13) - via the 2013 Road to California Quilt Show

Happy Mother's Day!  I hope you are all celebrating in some special way.

I can't believe it, but I am nearly out of pictures to show you from the Road to California Quilt Show.  But don't despair, the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach is right around the corner in August!

Today, I promised to show you some paper pieced wonders, and they truly are amazing.

This first one is called, "Mistaken Identify" by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchinson of New Lenox, IL.  This is their original design, but it came about by trying to identify a block from an antique quilt labeled as a Mariner's Compass.  They found the block to have 21 spires and be more like a Sunburst pattern.

"Mistaken Identify" by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison of New Lenox, IL

The blackish background makes the quilting hard to photograph, but here is a close up.

detail of "Mistaken Identify" by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison of New Lenox, IL

Amazing, right?

This next one is called "Euphoria" by Marilyn Badger of St. George, UT.  She paper pieced this using silks, hand-dyed cotton sateen, cottons and Sew Batik graduation fabrics.  It was quilted with Superior Kimona Silk and Floriani polyester.  Couched with Superior Razzle Dazzle and embellished with jewelry findings and hand-sewn crystal beads.  Original design was inspired by Jacqueline De Jong's Circle of Life with the makers own applique, border and quilting designs.

"Euphoria" by Marilyn Badger of St. George, UT

It was nearly impossible to get a shot of it from the front as there was always someone looking at it up close (the woman in blue managed to get into 4 of my attempted shots of this quilt, she even bumped me on the next one).  Here is a close up of that amazing quilt work.

detail of "Euphoria" by Marilyn Badger of St. George, UT

Up next week, how about a little innovation?

Thanks for reading today.  I hope you are inspired.



  1. Good grief, just how many hours did they put in to make those? The piecing and the quilting? Simply stunning!

  2. Amazing quilts Jen, I certainly will never have the patience (or the skill!) to attempt anything like them!


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